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the u.n. asserts that only it is able to provide a credible answer on whether toxic gas was used in syria last month as the u.s. ramps up its case for a military strike while continuing to blame the assad regime. he was a member of the arab league refused to go along with his syria attack including iraq which is still witnessing the effects of the u.s. led invasion. radiation levels on the rise of japan's crippled fukushima nuclear plant his reading show exposure could cause death in as little as four hours. on the locals as debt ridden greece may need a third bailout despite the country already struggling to meet the terms of current payments and its jobless figures remaining the highest in.
six am in moscow bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news after being turned down by key international allies president obama's move to gain domestic support for a serious strike he's asked congress to ok an attack aimed at punishing the assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons last month lawmakers will debate the issue after they return from the summer recess on september ninth artie's marina portnoy reports from new york. obama said although he does believe that he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress he feels that the country would be strengthened by a public debate on the matter now the u.s. leader says that he feels absolutely comfortable carrying out a military attack against syria without the approval of the u.n. security council according to international law and a military strike taken needs approval from the security council and
a resolution to be adopted but u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says washington's planned military strike against the mask is is is not time sensitive meaning it could happen one week from now or one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says that the syrian government of bashar al assad will pay consequences for allegedly using chemical weapons after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground. instead it would be designed to be limited duration and scope the white house released assessment of this use of chemical weapons on august twenty first and a countless amount of experts were not convinced by the intelligence that's been presented nowhere in the report to the u.s.
confirm that assad that the assad government used chemical weapons instead the four page report used wording such as we assess with high confidence or multiple streams of intelligence indicate now this week also saw america's major ally britain opting out of military intervention in syria and nato also said it would not be participating in a potential military strike in the meantime the u.n. investigation team that recently returned from damascus has announced that atta lising the samples from the site of the alleged syria come syrian chemical attack will take up to three weeks and many countries as well as the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon have asked that no military action be taken before u.n. experts present their conclusion bolstering washington's case for intervention secretary of state kerry claims the u.s. has samples of blood and hair that tested positive for signatures of the nerve agent sarin raise questions about the speed of you know this is after the un's own
inspectors so it will take up to three weeks to reach a definitive conclusion about the alleged attack u.n. spokesman martin a serious q. stressed the u.n. is the only body with the authority to establish the facts. this morning as i'm sure you saw secretary kerry said very specifically talked about blood and hair samples seems like your lab is move pretty fast are you saying that their lab work is is is less than credible have they shared this evidence with the u.n. as the secretary general requested all i can do is repeat what i already said that the the united nations mission is uniquely capable of a stop wishing in an impartial and credible man of the facts of any use of chemical weapons based directly on evidence collected from the ground ok and is the u.s. shared any of this evidence that is described with the u.n. well as we've said repeatedly said member states are encouraged to share information information they may have with regards to alleged incidents
u.s. confidence in its intelligence has failed so far to convince the bulk of the american public that syria intervention is necessary the majority of the poll numbers still showing that most people in the u.s. don't think that such an intervention is something that should be done while twenty percent actually in favor of military action more than half participating in a reuters poll say they are against it and even if assad is implicated in using chemical weapons less than thirty percent think that the u.s. should then attack syria richard becker from the antiwar answer coalition says the u.s. doesn't have a legal basis to punish damascus. first of all it doesn't it defies logic that the assad government would have used chemical weapons at exactly the moment that they were winning and the un inspectors were there but secondly even if the that had happened the united states does not have the authority it's not the cop of the world to be able to go in and attack any country and syria has not threatened and
cannot threaten the united states if they launch a war it would not only be reckless it would also be lawless and it would also have unforeseeable consequences as all wars do before they begin with more than a week left before congress meets to decide on syria intervention washington nevertheless is boosting its military presence in the area defense officials revealed that nuclear powered u.s.s. nimitz aircraft carrier is headed to the red sea this already on top of the five destroyers in the area of the mediterranean as well as if a b. assault ship with hundreds of marines aboard officials stress the troops aren't part of any military planning and just precaution the destroyers packs some serious punch each of them carrying up to ninety tomahawk cruise missiles that can strike syria from a safe distance while dealing with massive damage to the country meanwhile the possibility of a strike has been met with opposition by some major regional powers and an emergency meeting of the arab league saudi arabia called for members to back a strike against damascus but as our teams policy reports the call was rejected by
countries including egypt iraq and lebanon. regional leaders are warning the united states not to attack damascus warning that this could lead to massive violence now as you can well imagine the mood on the ground is extremely tense we hearing from the iraqi prime minister nouri al maliki urging the united states not to carry out any kind of military action this is noteworthy of course because iraq is a country that was invaded under somewhat similar circumstances and that invasion was to establish a so-called democratic government and it's now that government that is urging the united states not to carry out any kind of military action to create the same kind of scenario at the arab league meeting on sunday in cairo the iraqi foreign minister voted against any green light for military action inside syria we've also heard from jordan warning that it will not allow its a space to be used in any kind of military strike on syria with the jordanian government spokesperson saying that jordan too will not participate in any kind of
strike against damascus so as you can see a lot of consensus in the region against any kind of u.s. intervention in syria those who oppose a military attack in syria are holding mass protests in cities across the world in turkey riot police disperse those rallying in support of damascus security forces also blocked the entrance to istanbul's goes in the park to prevent a demonstration there while in the u.s. people took to the streets expressing their opinion about of opposition to a possible attack on syria protesters in front of the white house after president obama's announcement about a strike and crowds turned out well at a rally with power as martyrs held signs calling president along david cameron and president obama terrorists u.s. administrations. warnings and criticism from moscow as well president putin say about washington's assessment that the assad government wants to come a call a tack against its own people is nonsense as artie's john thomas reports. moscow
has been very busy this week urging the west not to intervene in the situation in syria vladimir putin spoke on the situation saying that the idea of the assad regime using chemical weapons that in country is ridiculous saying the situation on the ground just does not allow for it he said that the g twenty summit this week is a good place for the global leaders to discuss the situation in syria he also called on president obama as a nobel laureate not just as a fellow head of state a winner of the nobel peace prize to consider his actions and what it would mean for military intervention and more loss of life in the country the president said of course russia is against the idea of the use of chemical weapons but in this case that the global community needed to wait for the u.n. to do its job and then present evidence to the u.n. security council and then they would decide how to react in a lawful manner according to international law and what he had to say about that when it comes to the stance of our american partners friends who are insisting that
syrian forces have used w m d's in this case chemical weapons and stating to have proof they should demonstrate that proof to the u.n. inspectors and the security council the claims that the proof exists that cannot be shown to to secrecy studios stand up to criticisms it's disrespectful towards america's global partners if there is proof it has to be shown it is not showing it doesn't exist and the president also said that he was pleasantly surprised at the situation in the u.k. as the british parliament debated and then voted down the idea of military intervention in syria right now the global community is waiting to see if the u.s. congress will follow suit and also continue in a spirited debate as obama has sent the idea of military intervention to congress we're keeping an eye on the syrian crisis on our team you can also find latest developments on our web site r.t. dot com all with live updates analysis and opinion. still to
come this hour video nasties a series of anti muslim d.v.d.'s cross london sparking fears of an anti islam backlash after attacks by extremists plots. parkies paul scott on the spectacular thrills and spills from the last day of the international twenty thirteen air show in your moscow that coming your way in a couple of minutes. interview. still.
going on and on the obama administration's continued insistence that the syrian regime must be punished for alleged use of chemical weapons has convinced few of washington's traditional loans the americans have said they will strike syria on their own if they have to what does this say about america's standing in the middle east and the future of international law. thirteen minutes past the hour radiation at japan's devastated fukushima nuclear plant has reached lethal levels now with readings eighteen times higher than previously thought exposure could cause death within just four hours this after a massive leak of radioactive water a week ago which may have reached the ocean the fukushima plant was damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck in march of two thousand and eleven
plant operator tepco announced friday that it had detected new radiation hotspots in parts of the compound where contaminated water was stored independent nuclear consultant sean burney says tepco has lost control of the crisis which could have been even worse than should all to himself it's the there will be no one as if we didn't see it dealing with a very complex three reactor meltdown and spent fuel in the u s c eight to begin not enough workers in site and workers and getting dc's that not being told about the themselves of what they know. and you can go forward this is a plucky move is only going to get worse a little repeated we get it into our absolute certainty the amount on site to keep it seems is theirs to beat minds as much caesium it's very dangerous you can actually get to see claims as much as was released by the accident he's currently sitting in the trenches in the treats its side. for other stories you won't find on
air clicked in are in motion section of our website we have come to shine with a list of looks like rain military bands from around the world turned out in their finery for to delight the crowds on the red square plus. euro stone the study reveals britain is the highest levels of addiction on the continent get the details at our. german chancellor angela merkel admits that debt stricken greece may indeed need a third bailout package earlier the greek finance minister tried to downplay the ongoing speculation he said that if the country needs additional help in the future the so will be less than the two hundred forty billion it's already secured greece got its first ballot of one hundred ten billion euros back in two thousand and ten athens accepted it had to cut its spending and by embracing austerity another one hundred thirty billion followed shortly after but public debt has only been growing
in those three years at the beginning of the meltdown iraq added to one hundred twenty nine percent of the country's g.d.p. the extra eight boosted by more than a quarter meanwhile the painful austerity measures in job cuts pushed unemployment rate in the country to becoming the highest in europe back in two thousand and ten with the recession already taking its toll again employment rate was at almost fifteen percent but the numbers only been rising this year reaching a record twenty seven point six percent young people worst affected nearly sixty five percent of those between eighteen and twenty four don't have jobs just this summer the government passed another bill that could see tens of thousands of public workers lose their jobs earlier my colleague kevin owen an r.t.c. were piskun of hosted a discussion on whether the e.u. financial help was worth the price. quite a lot of people are being affected these layoffs really are aimed mainly at the public sector and the public sector traditionally is the foundation of the greek economy and that's why so many people are taking to the streets to protest
these my let's let's go to our friends kind of guilty we've spoken to many times before every time we've talked about the huge amounts the billions being poured into greaseman to nationalize it is. illegal there you seen it first hand that you know the guys he's talking to at least a pretty depressed they don't see light at the end of the tunnel you're in athens what's your view well it is obvious by now the. whole scenario adopted for greece has been like a the straw for. this by those huge huge bailout loans greek debt is the very high we have reached peak over three hundred and twenty one billion euros did so that means that we're much worse than when the debt crisis started the bailouts were bad the bailouts were carolan a set of european studies in brussels. was it pouring good money after bad do you think you're a proponent of the bailout on the turn and it would have been much worse much worse
situation i don't think from greece you have to look very far you simply look to bulgaria for example to see i mean the whole much worse it could have been still today living standards in reserve are higher than they are in bulgaria is greece were to have left the euro zone and that's why men favor all further beno i think it's a disastrous idea once you realized you've made a mistake you should stop doing it it is very simple the bailout is not helping the greek people we've just seen the images of people homeless people living in shelters losing their jobs cannot pay the rent their pension funds are disappearing now the bailout money is not aimed to help the greek people it is a. huge rescue package for bags just because who has benefited who has been. most not the banks but i think germany has benefited most from the euro zone that's why i see the us come thing staying within the euro zone and that's why merkel has forty percent of the approval rate because germany is thriving germany exports all over europe and they are have a disability interest in having a stable currency zone. to london to brussels i can only say that he is looking
at the completely wrong end of the stick so who is that the euro was a political project it never had any financial standing. and he is supporting the political decision and not the economy germany is has vowed to cover twenty six percent roughly a quarter of the bailout money that is going to greece now we're looking at two hundred forty billion that means german taxpayers in the end will have to pay for sixty billion euros this money is badly needed in germany infrastructure is suffering the railway system needs. investment so does the famed and the industry. i think the greek cawley is only rooke looking at this one side of the coin and not seeing and not realizing the long term effects to you
now to some other stories making global headlines beginning with egypt where the ousted egyptian president mohamed morsi will stand trial with fourteen other brother muslim brotherhood members on charges of inciting murder accusations stemmed from violence get a presidential palace in cairo last december that left seven protesters dead the demonstration was triggered by morsy decision to expand his powers the former president still being held in a secret location is the country remains mired in a political crisis. credible dash cam footage emerges from taiwan where potentially deadly double near miss as the car in front gets hit by a landslide along this coastal road and then just narrowly. avoid getting smashed by that giant boulder the car's passengers managed to escape with only minor cuts and bruises the country remains on high alert as downpours from tropical storm connor a continue to batter the island nation. despite a police band some two hundred marched through the streets of paris to express
their anger at gay marriage activists from a catholic group called night watchman ended their demonstration with a vigil in the center of the french capital it was the last event in a twenty day march across the country against may's legalization of same sex marriages. in pakistan or roadside bomb claimed the lives of at least nine people the blast happened when a convoy was passing through the northern province of was erased and not far from the afghan border at least twenty one soldiers reported wounded the turbulent region seen a lot of violent attacks by both al qaeda and the taliban and u.s. drones hunting militants often catch civilians in the crossfire saturday a drone raid killed three militants there. mexico city sees fresh demonstrations against a series of reforms in the education and energy sectors thousands of students intreat and teachers took to the streets over plans to force a school and university staff to pass an annual assessment of professional skills the government came in for criticism over its intention to grant foreign investors access to state controlled oil companies. london police investigating after
a series of islamophobia d.v.d.'s were sent to several mosques and muslim organizations in the british capital they contain pornographic and abusive images mocking the prophet mohammed as well as news footage about extremism incident part of a growing wave of offensive acts toward british muslims as artie's tests are sillier reports. my name is gavin baby and i'm the lawyer behind freedom foundation we still. that is we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial them somewhere further to the mosque buster objections raised by locals pertaining to mosques and clued traffic congestion on the general noise and disturbance which does concern people on the first one was the loss of a retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is
deeper than that islamic doctrine it is a wrong doctrine now vacuous contrary to ring for sure if a catholic church was passing death sentences if a synagogue was blessing armies to commit acts of war all you would immediately say that has to be stopped when you have a man who is soon ideologically opposed knows little about these numbers faith even if you want he is suggesting that he doesn't give credence to some of those views really but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment on the muslim myself and and and speaking to muslims across print and across you know the people feeling vulnerable because the they do feel as if the muslim community is being picked on we have had instances where a local mosque had sausages thrown into it last year after a decade of dispute the new and council rejected an application for
a so-called mega mosque the site of which is just down the road over here it would have accommodated up to ten thousand worshippers the group that had campaigned against it called themselves mega mosque no thanks and some muslim groups have also opposed the project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions that the spotlight once again on why. this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion that we see i think is poor only to to the failure within multiculturalism most simply become the symbol i think for this great things on the table a recent you gov poll compared answers given by respondents in event by two thousand and twelve in may two thousand and thirteen and showed an increase in the number of people who agree that there will be a clash of civilizations between british muslims and native white britons in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue will make
a clash of cultures and less likely to us or so you are to london the max twenty thirteen air and space show made its final approach to a close the flight program on the last day was curtailed due to heavy rains but the public still saw some breathtaking stunts this year's event beat attendance record with more than three hundred thousand visitors in its five days ortiz paul scott reports. it's been a good weekend for the crowds unfortunately the weather on the final day has was disrupted the shuttle slightly this big thick gray clouds above us and the rain has predominantly held off it has made visibility quite difficult the highlights on the final day included a display from the russian knights the robotic display wing of the russian air force for the planes came out and thrilled the crowds with that death defying stomach churning stunts we also saw commercial flights as well the airbus a three eighty was spinning around the heads. there were military on display the highlights
of which was the showing of the t fifty which is the stealth fighter that is going to be part of russia's force come two thousand and six day now final testing on those planes is still going ahead it's expected to be completed by the end of two thousand and thirteen when the russian air force will take delivery on some of those some of those stealth fighters the rule was deafening the crowds the plane were still around overhead it really was an impressive sight. now unfortunately the weather on the final day put paid to a display from better kuti which is the helicopter display team of the russian air force they were meant to impress the crowds on sunday afternoon but that was council however they did participate in the weekend over friday and saturday when the weather was slightly better organizes will be looking back on a record breaking year for max in terms of business deals struck almost sixteen
billion u.s. dollars worth of contracts was signed it was record breaking as well in terms of number of attendees with representatives from more than one thousand companies worldwide from forty four different countries striking various deals and. stay with us next for the latest edition of the world's apart box on a boy. world with. science technology innovation all these developments from around russia we've got the future covered. more news today violence is once again flared up. and seeing
from the streets of canada. giant corporations are old today. hello and welcome to worlds apart because of the soviet union it was widely perceived as a historic triumph and validation of capitalism only to see the major crisis less than two decades later and while the number of those who are forced to buy the bullets by the recent crisis is comparable to those left will by that pressure on many of the. critical analysis of loss and narrates a capitalist system is still fairly rare well to attempt to do just that i'm now
joined by jeffrey summers an associate professor of political economy at the university of wisconsin in milwaukee thank you very much for your time mr summers i know that you are a frequent guest here in moscow and you are on today you will be speaking on what awaits the world off to the end of american imperialism each i think is a kind of topic that will certainly resonate with many people in moscow but i assume that for many americans it's not just a provocative topic some may perceive that as simply and patch are already on the part well you know i think the patriotism is rather weak in the united states today but i think americans are very weary they're not particularly patriotic right know and they feel under a great deal of stress and so they're not really thinking in terms of patriotism in the way that they once did especially during the cold war now i think that there are a couple of words in the political science vocabulary imperialism being one of them
that are sort of dirty i mean the ones who use them you raise being classified as. conspiracy theories there may be an american hater but as far as i understand your main message is not so much about the america as a great nation but rather. the end of third policies by the united states government that you view is no longer sustainable yes definitely and in fact i also find the term somewhat problematic because it's very value laden as you suggest but what i'm very concerned about is the introduction of these austerity policies frankly which have been the primary response of not only the u.s. government but also of the european union to their crisis and these policies seem to be spreading globally as a response to this crisis in the united states the european union and increasingly the world and i think it's very dangerous because what we thought we've done this once before you know the famous american literary figure mark twain once used to say that.